SUNConferences, Southern African Institute of Industrial Engineering 2013

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A Framework for a Technology Transfer Decision Support System (TTDSS)
Blessing Mwoyongewenyu, Samson Mhlanga, Norman Gwangwava, Khumbulani Mpofu, Lungile Nyanga, Andre van der Merwe

Last modified: 2013-06-17


Technology Transfer (TT) has been fundamental to the development of new products and the transformation of manufacturing systems and processes in both developed and developing countries. Given the historical technology gap between developed and developing countries it is necessary to develop tools and strategies that stimulate and support technology transfer to, and within developing countries. This paper identifies the critical factors, selection criteria and technological positioning indicators that should govern the adoption and implementation of transferred technologies in the sheet metal working industry in Zimbabwe. A survey of local sheet metal working companies revealed that the companies view technology transfer as a complex process that needs decision support. All respondents regard financial and environmental implications as very important while 80% believe technical implications are important. Based on the survey a framework for a Technology Transfer Decision Support System (TTDSS) application which is a systematic tool to assist decision makers in making effective and informed technology transfer decisions is developed. The TTDSS framework approaches the technology transfer problem as occurring in three domains namely necessity, feasibility and selection. Decision support for these three domains is derived from consideration of financial factors, technical factors and, environmental and social factors.

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